Folk Roots Radio Episode 481: feat. Abe Drennan & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 481: feat. Abe Drennan & More New Releases

On Episode 481 of Folk Roots Radio, we head up to Inuvik NWT, and over 100 miles into the Arctic circle, to talk to Bancroft ON raised singer-songwriter, educator and activist Abe Drennan about his latest album “Iglu Sessions” which was recorded in the iconic Igloo Church in Inuvik. It’s a great interview, and very inspirational. As usual, we also check out more of the latest new releases, and this time around we from hear from The Whispering Tree, Burnstick, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Frank Birtwistle, Jennis and Tim Grimm. Check out the full playlist below.


Abe Drennan released “Spirits Soared” this summer – a song written to commemorate the lives of Daniel, 9, Harrison, 5 and Milly, 2, as well as their grandfather, Gary Neville, who were all killed in a car crash, caused by a drunk driver, in 2015, in Vaughan ON. Proceeds from the release of the single go to support the work of the not-for-profit Many Hands, Doing Good, a charity born out of the tragedy, which supports arts programmes for children who have experienced trauma and also provides a radio broadcasting scholarship in honour of grandfather Gary. Spirits Soared is included on Abe Drennan’s second album “Iglu Sessions”, which was recorded and produced with Jason Manns in the Igloo Church in Inuvik.

For more information about the music of Abe Drennan, visit


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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)

The Whispering Tree
These Houses
Invisible Forces (2019, Self)

Some Kind Of Hell
Kîyânaw (2019, Self) CDN

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Wait With Me
(single) (2019, Compass Records)

Frank Birtwistle
Morning Song
Volume Four (2019, Self)

Abe Drennan
Spirits Soared
Iglu Sessions (2019, Self) CDN

Interview: Abe Drennan discussing latest album “Iglu Sessions”.

Abe Drennan
Way Up North
Iglu Sessions (2019, Self) CDN

Abe Drennan
There For You
Iglu Sessions (2019, Self) CDN

Abe Drennan
Moments In Time
Iglu Sessions (2019, Self) CDN

You Never Know
The Mirror (2019, Self) CDN

Tim Grimm
Perfect Getaway
Heart Land Again (2019, Vault Records)

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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